A Message From Dr. Bell  

April 08, 2013
Finally! Daylight is being saved. The Easter bunny has hopped. Duke University has once again been eliminated in the madness of March! Teachers, students, administrators, and parents are counting the days to the end of school. It has seemed like an eternity this year – but spring is here. 

It’s great to feel the calm confidence exuding from school districts during this time as final evaluations and assessments are being administered to students.  I’m sure there is never a sense of panic in the brave new world of continuous improvement as work is done to meet student needs. I can just feel the anticipation that all of you experience as you await the next “Governor List” to see where your school district ranks among your peers. High stakes testing can be such a conundrum, but be assured that the staff at ESU 10 is dedicated to helping you achieve maximal results as we “partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support”. This place has been a veritable ghost town lately with staff traveling throughout the region supporting your efforts.

The annual survey is in the final stages of preparation and will be headed your way shortly. It is extremely abbreviated this year. You will find a few general questions about ESU 10 performance and the rest of the questions will be associated with data deemed necessary by the ESU 10 Priority Area Committees as we continue forward with our Continuous Improvement Plan. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Other specific topic or department information will be more focused and gathered throughout the year. I think you will like this change and we will appreciate more timely feedback.  

We are also working on the budgets for the next fiscal year to finance the Program of Services that your school districts want and need. This is the time of year that I get cross eyed as I gather input from you and keep one eye on the legislature to see if any new mandated services or financial changes are headed our way.  

Words from Henry David Thoreau bring this all into focus for me, and hopefully you, as we forge ahead. He said, “What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch out of a free, meandering brook”.

Put us to work. We like to try to straighten things out!